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British Classic Week 2023 - Day 2

by Helen Porter 17 Jul 2023 17:57 BST 15-22 July 2023

Stella Timoa wins the Nab Tower race

With racing cancelled on day one of British Classic Week yesterday, owners and crew were keen to get out on the water for some action today. The 30nm NAB Tower Race sponsored by Spirit Yachts was won by one of the smallest boats in the fleet, 26ft Stella Timoa. Line honours went to the new Spirit 72DH Gwenhyfar II.

It was an early start for the fleet, which set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) line just after 8am. With 18 knots blowing from the SW and the tide running east, the yachts sailed a downwind start from the combined RYS line.

A backdrop of ominous dark clouds looming of the RYS and a rainbow to the west behind the fleet of classic and modern classic yachts flying spinnakers down the Solent provided quite the spectacle.

Most yachts opted to sail south of No Mans Land Fort staying in the stronger tide out to the NAB Tower. As the gusts crept up to 19-20 knots some held kites whilst others opted for Code Zeros or played it safe with white sails.

Rounding the tower to starboard, the fleet was close together and the overall win was anyone's for the taking on the homeward leg. The larger yachts beat back against a still oncoming tide whilst the smaller yachts took advantage of the favourable tidal change propelling them back to the finish.

Overall winner Andrew Gilmour of Stella Timoa said, "Today delivered some fantastic racing in good breeze amongst a competitive fleet of beautifully maintained yachts."

After Race 1, the class leaders are Crusade (Class 1), Whooper (Class 2), and Timoa (Class 3).

Also racing at this year's British Classic Week is a 6mR class ahead of the Class World Championships in the Solent later this summer. Racing around the cans, Race 1 was one in the 6mR Open Class by Oiva and in the Classic Class by Silvervingen.

Find out more at www.britishclassicweek.co.uk

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